The National Eczema Association claims there are nearly 30 million eczema suffers in the United States and millions more than that would describe themselves as "sensitive-skinned."
With thousands of products to choose from and hundreds of blogs, books, and infographics dedicated to educating and helping those with skin struggles, there's bound to be awesome advice, along with some pretty popular myths.
We discovered many of these myths through trial and error when Chance was 5 years old and suffering from the bloody, raw, rashes of eczema. Our search for a solution sent us on a treasure hunt for creams, treatments, and expensive cures, eventually resulting in us creating our own natural goat's milk soap allows Chance and hundreds of other users to live free from sensitive skin rashes.
Here's what we've learned from our own experience, research, and many stories of sensitive skin sufferers:
Myth #1: Hypoallergenic means "non-irritating"
Hate to break it to you, but "hypoallergenic" is actually just one big nonsense word. It's commonly used by big name brand skincare companies who claim their products are safe for sensitive skin, Yet, the ingredients used to make these products contain a laundry list of chemical ingredients that can actually further damage and irritate the skin. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) states that "There are no federal standards or definitions that govern the use of the term 'hypoallergenic'." Bummer.
For some companies, hypoallergenic may mean "gentle," or "allergen-free," but bottom line, the best way to verify something being hypoallergenic is to read the list of ingredients used to make the product.
Myth #2: Eczema and Psoriasis can be cured with steroids
Myth #3: Your skin is dry because of lack of water
Drinking lots of water is a good thing, but your skin may be dry and sensitive because you are stripping the oils from the skin's surface. Many skin products (yes, even "sensitive skin" products) strip the natural oils and change the pH of our skin. If your skin products contain sodium lauryl sulfate, you may be dehydrated from the outside in.
Myth #4: The more expensive the cream, the more likely it is to help
In our search to help Chance's eczema, we found this to be completely false (as have many other folks with sensitive skin.) Expensive creams and treatments are more indicative of a successful packaging and marketing plan than a life-changing cure. In fact, we found that for under $5, we could do more than all the treatments and salves we tried combined.
Here's How We Beat Eczema
After months of research, we mixed together the highest quality ingredients we could find, to create a soap bar that has relieved hundreds of people who, like us, tried every other myth, cure, treatment, salve and cream they could get their hands on. This soap nourishes the skin with antioxidant-rich goat's milk and natural oils that correct the skin's pH balance and allow your body to balance itself!
Here's what we use when we create each bar of soap:
- Fresh goat's milk (from our very own herd of goats!)
- Coconut oil
- Olive oil
- Red palm oil
We aren't doctors, and we don't claim to cure with our soap, but we encourage you to read the testimonials of those who have been helped by our soap. Enough of those myths... Let's use what works!